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S.C. Arts Commission Announces FY2012 Artist Fellowships


Aug. 10, 2011

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Milly Hough
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COLUMBIA, S.C. – The South Carolina Arts Commission Board has awarded Individual Artist Fellowships to four South Carolina artists in the categories of visual arts, craft, music performance and music composition. Each artist receives $5,000.


This year’s fellows are:


Pictured, clockwise from top left: Lee-Chin Siow, Mark Kilstofte, Jonathan Brilliant, and Russell Biles“The arts, and all the benefits they bring, depend on capable artists, who are central to the creative industries in our state,” said S.C. Arts Commission Executive Director Ken May. “The fellowships offer resources that artists can use to advance their careers. We’re fortunate to have funds to award thanks to a generous contribution from the South Carolina Arts Foundation.”


The S.C. Arts Commission board approves fellowships based on recommendations made by out-of-state review panelists, who select fellows based solely on a review of anonymous work samples.


The visual arts and craft panelists were: Rene Barilleaux, chief curator/curator of art after 1945, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio; Lia Rose Newman, director of programs and exhibitions, Artspace, Inc, Raleigh, N.C.; and Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, president, North Bennet Street School, Boston.


Music composition and performance panelists were: Dr. Robert Tanner, music composition and theory, Morehouse College, Atlanta; Dr. Sharon G. Willis, music department chair, Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta; Dr. Hyunjung “Rachel” Chung, assistant professor of theory and piano performance, Spelman College, Atlanta.


The South Carolina Arts Foundation, a nonprofit organization supporting the education and arts development programs of the S.C. Arts Commission, funded three of the four fellowships awarded this year. Individual artists working in poetry, prose, dance performance and dance choreography can apply for the 2012-2013 fellowship awards. The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.


About the S.C. Arts Commission:

The South Carolina Arts Commission is the state agency charged with creating a thriving arts environment that benefits all South Carolinians, regardless of their location or circumstances. Created by the South Carolina General Assembly in 1967, the Arts Commission works to increase public participation in the arts by providing services, grants and leadership initiatives in three areas: arts education, community arts development and artist development. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the Arts Commission is funded by the state of South Carolina, by the federal government through the National Endowment for the Arts and other sources.